Authentic Recipes from the Kitchens of Shriya, Nithu & Arthi!

Semiya Upma / Vermicelli Upma

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Breakfast Menu | 3 comments

Upma is a common South Indian breakfast dish. I like all kinds of upma. I like to cook upma by adding lots of veggies. Here is the recipe for this simplest tiffin. Time of Preparation : 15 minutes No of Servings : 1 to 2 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Vermicelli – 1 cup (small thin) Oil – 2 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Split urad dal – 1 tsp Channa dal – 1 tsp Curry leaves – a few Asafoetida – a pinch Green chillies – 3 (slit lengthwise Ginger – 1 tsp (grated) Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Salt – to taste Carrot (small size) – 1 (finely chopped) (optional) Beans – 10 (finely chopped) (optional) Peas – 1/4 cup (I ve used frozen peas) (optional) Water – 1 3/4 cup (1...

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Mint Spread for Breads

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Breakfast Menu | Comments Off on Mint Spread for Breads

I have posted Tomato Spread for Breads in my previous post and this is another simple spread made of mint. This spread is almost similar to Mint Chutney and everyone will like it. If you are searching for a quick breakfast this is the one… Time of Preparation : 15 minutes Spice level : 2 out of 5 No of Slices : 5 Ingredients: Mint leaves – 1 cup Red Chillies – 2 Urad dal – 2 tsp Coconut – 2 tbsp (grated) Oil – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Bread slices – 5 Ghee – to toast the bread slices Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and add the red chillies followed by the urad dal and mint leaves. When the mint leaves shrinks, add the coconut and turn off the heat. Let it cool...

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Tomato Spread for Breads

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013 in Breakfast Menu | Comments Off on Tomato Spread for Breads

Republic Day Wishes to all our Readers… My mom used to make this Tomato spread and Mint spread for breads. I wanted to make this for a long time. It is very easy to make and we can make these as a quick snack or an easy breakfast. Kids will like these a lot. I made these spreads today and my husband and friends too liked a lot. Today I am posting the tomato spread and soon I will post the Mint spread.. Time of Preparation : 15 minutes Spice level : 2 out of 5 No of Breads : 8 to 10 Ingredients: Onions – 3/4 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 2 cups (chopped) Oil – 2 tsp Red Chillies – 3 Garlic – 4 large cloves (roughly chopped) Salt – to taste Bread slices – 8 Ghee...

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Plain Waffle

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in Breakfast Menu | Comments Off on Plain Waffle

Waffles are easy to make and are wonderful for breakfast. You can prepare the batter ahead of time and refrigerate it for a fresh morning breakfast. Waffles can be served with maple syrup, chocolate syrup or dulce de leche with a dollop of butter or whipped cream. Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes No. of servings: 6 Ingredients: All purpose flour – 1 cup Whole wheat flour – 1 cup One egg and egg whites from 2 eggs Baking powder – 2 tsp Baking soda – 1/2 tsp Sugar – 3 tbsp Half and half – 2 cups (or milk) Unsalted butter – 4 tbsp Salt – 1/2 tsp Vegetable oil spray for the waffle iron Strawberries or any berries Maple syrup for serving Method of Preparation: Sift all the dry ingredients in a bowl and set it...

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Rava Pongal / Sooji Pongal

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Breakfast Menu | 1 comment

Wishing you all a very happy Pongal…The second day of the pongal is “Thai Pongal” and it falls on the first day of the tamil month “Thai”. On this day we make “Chakkarai Pongal” and “Ven pongal”. For people who want to try something different other than regular ven pongal, here is the recipe for “Rava Pongal”. It is very easy to make and it will taste very good. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes Spice level : 3 No of Servings : 3 Ingredients: Rava – 1 cup Moong dal – 1/2 cup Water (for dal) – 3 cups Water (for rava) – 2 1/2 cups Salt – to taste Black pepper – 1 tsp (crushed coarsely) Cumin seeds – 3/4 tsp Green chillies – 2 (slit lengthwise) Ginger – 1 tsp (grated) Curry leaves – a few...

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Moist Banana Crunch Muffins

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 in Baking, Breakfast Menu, Cookies and Cakes, Slideshow | 5 comments

Banana Crunch Muffins filled with mashed banana, walnuts and crunchy granola is moist, hearty and healthy. The moist texture and the crunchy topping is a perfect combination. You can make the batter ahead of time and refrigerate it. Just before baking, mix in the mashed banana, nuts and granola. The banana is not over powering in this recipe but if you like it add one more banana to the batter. You can also mix in some semi sweet or bitter sweet chocolate chips and your favorite nuts and seeds. These muffins are perfect for breakfast or an evening snack. No doubt that kids will also love it. Preparation time: 20 mins Cooking time: 25 mins Yield: 28 muffins Ingredients: All purpose flour – 2 cups Whole wheat flour – 1 cup Baking powder – 2 tsp Baking soda – 1 tsp...

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Homemade Granola

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in Breakfast Menu, Healthy Eats, How to??, Slideshow | 2 comments

Homemade Granola is a mixture of rolled oats, nuts and dry fruits with oil, maple syrup and sugar. It makes a healthy breakfast or a snack or a topping in your ice cream or Greek yogurt. This is a basic granola recipe and it is very easy to make. Make your own cereals with your favorite mixture and mix it with cold or warm milk or munch as a snack. I have added all my favorite ingredients in my Granola. You can also include seeds such as pumpkin and sunflower seeds and other dry fruits such as dates, prunes and berries. If you start making your own cereals or granola bars you will never go back to the store bought ones. Believe me and give it a try!!! Ingredients: Rolled oats – 2 cups Slivered or sliced almonds – 3/4...

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Breakfast Menu, Multi Cuisine | Comments Off on Pumpkin Pancakes

Happy Halloween!!   It’s Halloween and here is a delicious Pumpkin Pancake to start your day. Pumpkin in pancakes??? That was my question when I saw a few pins in Pinterest. But then I was so curious to try but wasn’t sure. But it’s Halloween and I wanted to try something pumkin. So that’s how it happened… It’s so easy to make and you can make the batter ahead and refrigerate it for the next day breakfast. It sure is a twist and refreshing from the same old boring pancakes. I added a few spices which goes well with the pumpkin. But I added in less amount since I don;t like it too spicy when it comes to these kind of food. You can serve it with maple syrup or honey or agave nectar or jelly/jam or your homemade...

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Potato Bread Toast

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Breakfast Menu, Sandwiches | 2 comments

I usually make Potato Sandwich for breakfast. I wanted to try something different this time and I tried this Potato Bread Toast. It  tasted really good and here is the recipe for this simple and tasty bread toast.. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Bread Slices – 10 to 12 Butter – to toast Green Chutney – 1/3 cup Potato Spread For Potato Spread: Potato (medium size) – 2 (boiled and mashed) Onion (small size) – 1 (finely chopped) Green Chillies – 2 (finely chopped) Sambar powder – 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste Oil – 1 tbsp Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and add the chopped onions. Add some salt and fry till they become translucent. Add the green chillies and fry...

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Set Uthappam / Ivory Lentil Pancakes

Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 in Breakfast Menu | 4 comments

Uthappam or Ooththappam or Uthappa is a dosa-like dish made with Dosa batter. Unlike dosa, which is crisp and crepe-like, Uthappam is a thick pancake. When I think of the name “Saravana Bhavan” , 7 Set Uthappam comes to my mind. I have tried some 5 different types of Uthappam and here is the recipe. Time of Preparation : 6 to 8 minutes (for one) Ingredients: Plain Uthappam: Dosa Batter – Required amount Oil – as required Method of Preparation: Heat the tawa or turn on the griddle at 350 F Take half a laddle of batter and pour it. Need not spread the batter. Add very little oil around it. When pores appear slightly turn to the other side. Now the top side should be of golden brown. Leave it for 3 minutes. When the other side also...

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Pacharisi Idli (Raw Rice Idli) – Step by Step Instructions

Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in Breakfast Menu, Indian Festival, Vinayagar Chaturthi | 5 comments

I have already shared the recipe for the regular idli here which is made using par boiled rice. This is another version of idli called Pacharisi Idli ( or Raw Rice Idli) which is made with raw rice and urad dal. This idli is prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi and Varalakshmi Vratham. For those who do not know about Idli, this is South Indian’s staple food served with chutney and sambar (lentil soup). It is soft, fluffy with no spice. Therefore it is also perfect for kids. Wet grinder is used for grinding rice and lentils. The batter is allowed to ferment overnight or 8 to 10 hours and then used for making idlis. Preparation time: 20 minutes + 12 hours for soaking and fermenting Yield: 30 idlis Ingredients: Raw rice (pacharisi) – 2 cups Whole urad dal – 1 cup Methi...

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Oats Adai (Oats Lentils Pancake)

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Breakfast Menu, Healthy Eats | 6 comments

Oats makes for a healthy breakfast and you can’t go wrong with any oats recipes. My husband and I both love Adai so I thought instead of making it with rice why not try it with oats. And it came out very delicious and Karthik didn’t even realize it was made with oats until I told him. It has become one of my favorite oats recipes. Try this delicious oats adai if you are in a hunt for healthy Indian food recipes. Preparation Time : 1 hour and 45 minutes Spice Level : 2 out of 5 No Of Servings : 6-7 weight watchers Point : 8 (for 2 adai) Ingredients: Powdered oats: 1 cup Chana dal : 1/2 cup Moong dal : 2 tbsp Urad dal : 1 tbsp Onion: 1 big(finely chopped) Whole red chilies : 3-4...

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Dosa ( Rice and Lentil Crepes )

Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Breakfast Menu | 2 comments

Dosa is a fermented crepe (South Indian Pancake) which is very popular in Southern India. Dosas are very easy to make and they will be tasty to have with sambar, chutney and podi. There are so many varieties in dosa like ghee roast, onion dosa, masala dosa, paneer dosa, paper dosa, podi dosa and so on. Soon you are going to see all varieties of Dosa in Spicy Tasty. 🙂 Ingredients: Par boiled rice – 4 cups Urad dal whole – 1 cup Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Method of Preparation: You can check the Dosa / Idly batter recipe from Spicy Tasty’s Idly recipe. Heat the Dosa pan or you can use even electric griddle. When the pan becomes slightly hot, take a ladle full of batter on the pan and move the ladle...

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Vendhaya Dosa and Poondu Podi / Fenugreek Pancake and Spicy Garlic Chutney

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in Breakfast Menu | 3 comments

Vendhaya Dosa is my all time favourite. I used to have  Vendhaya Dosa in my childhood days atleast once in a week during summer. The Fenugreeek seeds make our body cool and for sure it wont be bitter. The best combo for these dosa is Poondu Podi.  Here goes the recipe for the Vendhaya Dosa and the Poondu Podi. For Vendhaya Dosa: Ingredients: Par boiled rice – 2 cups Urad dal – 1/2 cup Fenugreek seeds – a handful (1/4 cup) Salt – to taste Sesame oil – to taste Method of Preparation: Soak the urad dal and fenugreek seeds together atleast for 4 hours. Soak the par boiled rice for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Grind the urad dal and fenugreek seeds by adding little by little until you get a smooth and soft batter. Transfer it to...

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Vegetable Panini Sandwich

Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 in Breakfast Menu | 4 comments

Because of my husband’s India visit I am staying in my sister’s place in Atlanta. I am enjoying my sister’s cooking. She is good in cooking many cuisines and also it will be nutritious and tasty too. This vegetable panini sandwich is her recipe and it is very simple and tasty. Time of Preparation : 15 minutes Spice level : 2 Ingredients: Bread (Ciabatta) – 4 Mozzarella cheese shredded – 1/4 cup Sun dried tomatoes – 1/4 cup Onions (thickly sliced) – 1/4 cup Red Bell pepper – 2 tbsp Spinach pesto – 1/4 cup For Spinach Pesto: Spinach – 2 cups Pine nuts – 1/4 cup (toasted) Garlic Cloves – 2 Salt – to taste Black pepper – 1/4 tsp Extra virgin olive oil – 1/4 cup Jalapeno pepper – 1/2 Parmesan cheese – 1/4 cup (optional) Method...

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Godhuma Rava Upma / Cracked Wheat Upma

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in Breakfast Menu | 3 comments

I made this cracked wheat upma after a long time since my husband does not like upma. Since my father-in-law is here with us now, I am making all the varieties of upma for breakfast. Here is the recipe for the healthy cracked wheat upma. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Spice level – 3 Ingredients: Cracked wheat – 1 cup Mustard seeds – 1 tsp Channa dal – 1 tbsp Split urad dal – 1 tbsp Asafoetida – a pinch Curry leaves – a few Green chillies – 6 (according to spice level) Onion (finely chopped) – 1/2 cup Carrot, beans and peas – 1/2 to 3/4 cup (cut into small squares and boiled 3/4th) Water – 2 3/4 cup Salt – to taste Oil – 1 tbsp Ghee – 1/2...

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Pudhina Adai / Mint and Lentil Crepe

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Breakfast Menu | 11 comments

Adai is a healthy recipe which is very tasty. We can give a twist to the adai by adding mint and coriander which makes the adai more tastier. My cousin shared this recipe to me and I like this adai better than regular adai. Time of Preparation : 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours Spice level : 3 Ingredients: Par boiled Rice – 1 cup Toor dhal – 1/2 cup Channa dhal – 1/2 cup Moong dhal – 1 tbsp Raw rice – 1 tbsp Urad dhal – 1 tbsp Green chillies (chopped) – 8 to 10 (according to spice level) Ginger – 1″ (chopped) Mint leaves – 100g (chopped) Coriander leaves – 100g (chopped) For Seasoning: Cumin seeds – 2 tsp Onions (finely chopped) – 1/3 cup Asafoetida – a pinch Method of Preparation: Soak the boiled rice...

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Peanut Chutney / Verkadalai Chutney

Posted by on Dec 3, 2011 in Breakfast Menu | 14 comments

Here wherever we go to Indian Restaurants, there will be Peanut chutney instead of coconut chutney. But the taste will be equally good as coconut chutney. Also since the coconut is little expensive we often make this Peanut Chutney. 🙂 Time of Preparation : 10 to 15 minutes Spice level : 3 No of Servings : 3 Ingredients: Peanuts – 1 Cup Red Chillies – 5 (according to spice level) Garlic – 2 cloves Tamarind – small marble size Coconut – 2 tbsp (optional) Salt – to taste Oil – 1/2 tsp For Seasoning: Oil – 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Curry leaves – a few Method of Preparation: Dry roast the peanuts and remove the skin. Heat oil in a pan and fry the red chillies. Toss the garlic for a minute and add the coconut....

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